It appears Jayson Tatum will be heading to Tokyo this summer. According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports, the Celtics star has committed to playing for Team USA in the Olympics.
Tatum, 23, is coming off his best season yet, averaging 26.4 points, 7.4 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game this year. After making the All-NBA Third Team last year, Tatum was snubbed from this year's All-NBA teams, as announced Tuesday night.
Tatum and the Jaylen Brown-less Celtics lost to the Brooklyn Nets in five games in the first round of the playoffs, but Tatum averaged 30.6 points per game and scored 50 in a Game 3 win, becoming just the sixth Celtic ever to score 50 in a playoff game.
Tatum's reported commitment to Team USA comes on the same day that Portland guard Damian Lillard and Golden State forward Draymond Green also reportedly committed to playing. Tatum also played for the U.S. at the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup, as did Brown, Marcus Smart and Kemba Walker.
The Olympics begin on July 23, with basketball set to start on July 25. With the NBA Finals potentially going until July 22, players on teams that make it the Finals, or even the conference finals, would be unlikely to play in the Olympics.